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Today City Councilman Greig Smith will propose new housing and pension incentives to help boost the LAPD's flagging recruitment efforts. Hmm... will the success of Crash have any effect? Matt Dillon's LAPD officer is a prick, but he's also kind of heroic, and he gets to handle Thandie Newton.

The streets of the Valley are having their own crashes: hit-and-runs are up. Surface streets and highways together total to more than 9,000 in 2005. 10 people died, several of them who were on foot when they were mowed down by drivers who then took off.

LAUSD will have its new arts magnet, despite the fact that the cost for the new school is twice the original estimates. Construction will continue on Grand near Sunset Blvd, north of downtown LA.

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Congressmen Adam Schiff of Pasadena, Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks and Linda Sanchez of Lakewood will soon appear on The Colbert Report. The Pasadena Star-News reports that they're preparing to be skewered. But at least they had fun; "Oh my god, it was hysterical," Sanchez said of the experience.